The Belgian had not started a Premier League game since November but is now hoping to nail down a regular berth in Louis van Gaal’s line-up
Adnan Januzaj has shared his delight at returning to the Manchester United starting XI in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Leicester City.
The Belgian starlet completed the full 90 minutes for only the third time in the Premier League this term, and will hope to retain his place for Tuesday’s FA Cup fourth round replay against Cambridge United.
The Red Devils raced into a 3-0 lead before half-time thanks to goals from Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, though conceded late in the second half, and Januzaj was relieved that his fitness held up.
“I haven’t played too much, so it was good to get 90 minutes,” he told MUTV after the victory at Old Trafford, which exacted revenge for September’s 5-3 loss at Leicester.
“I was tired and had cramp in the last 15 minutes, but I knew I had a job to do.
“We played well, especially in the first half. We fought for each other. The second half wasn’t as good, but we’re happy with the result.
“We were good going forward and could have scored more than three goals, but hopefully we can take this into Tuesday night [against Cambridge] and win the game.
“We played at a higher tempo, especially in the first half. We moved the ball quickly and our finishing was also good.
“We went into the break 3-0 up, which was great. Although we should have scored more goals, at least we have the three points and we’re all happy with that.”